The Edes Building – Mass timber construction featured in two-story mixed-use art gallery and wine bar in Silicon Valley

Building Design + Construction

June 13, 2023

CLT and glulam posts and beams chosen for aesthetics and sustainability.

Mass timber was selected for its aesthetics, biophilic properties, and reduced carbon footprint, enabling compliance with Morgan Hill’s Sustainable Building Provisions. Rendering: KTGY

The Edes Building, a two-story art gallery and wine bar in the Silicon Valley community of Morgan Hill, will prominently feature mass timber. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam posts and beams were specified for aesthetics, biophilic properties, and a reduced carbon footprint compared to concrete and steel alternatives.

“Timber construction carries throughout the building, both in structural elements and interior design, where the warm, organic finish of mass timber provides a unique experience compared to traditional white-box urban galleries,” according to the project’s architect. KTGY.

The use of mass timber on the 6,800 sf structure is also making for an efficient construction schedule, KTGY says. The timeline from the placement of the first post and beam to topping off the CLT roof was just one month.

The Edes Building fills the gap in a key downtown intersection, providing continuity to a pedestrian promenade and mediating scale between neighboring buildings. Designed to be a work of art itself, the building features architectural elements that create a striking, sculpture-like exterior inspired by the local landscape.

The interior features a wine bar and cafe with modern and functional design. Rotating walls will dictate gallery flow. Gallery space will be decked out with custom art display units and shelving. Large windows and glass panels will visually open space to the outside.

The site has a rich history in Morgan Hill, dating back to the 1920s as the location of the Edes Grocery Store, which was the inspiration behind the building’s name. The gallery will showcase artwork from the Bay Area and beyond.

The project broke ground in September 2022. Anticipated completion is in the first quarter of 2024.

On the project team:
Owner and/or developer: Dan McCranie, property owner
Design architect: KTGY
Architect of record: KTGY
MEP engineer: K2D
Structural engineer: John A. Martin Associates
General contractor/construction manager: Kent Construction